Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM137H: Law Research Paper

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 3 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Hitoshi Nasu (Convenor)

Available via distance learning


This module is compulsory for students on the JD programme. It provides a valuable opportunity for you to gain experience in legal research, writing a dissertation of up to 7500 words on a particular legal topic of interest chosen by you. The module permits you to apply, further investigate and critique the detailed knowledge of law that you have acquired throughout the programme.

You will be assigned an academic supervisor from the expertise available in the Law School, to match the proposed dissertation topic and your areas of interest. You will be given 3 research meetings with your supervisor, and altogether 8 hours of their time, during which they will guide your research and writing according to an individually agreed framework, but you are largely expected to determine your own deadlines and define your own work programme in order to meet the final submission deadline set by the Law School.

The module calls for excellent legal writing and research skills, personal discipline, and professional communication with the academic supervisor. For those of you who have not undertaken any large-scale research before, an introduction to the tools and methodologies of legal research will be provided in the form of a lecture at the start of Term 2.

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